|Maxine, Patti, La Verne|
After "starving for seven years" with such bands as Leon Belasco and Larry Rich, the girls sang one night in 1937 on a radio broadcast from the Hotel Edison in New York. When Dave Kapp heard them on a cab radio he set up a recording session for them at Decca Records, which was run by his brother Jack. They cut "Nice Work If You Can Get It" as the hit side backed by "Bei Mir Bist Du Shoen." It was the second side that took off and sold over a million copies. For that effort they were paid the flat sum of fifty dollars, with no royalties. Therefore Decca gave them a new contract that paid them a five-cent royalty on every record sold, something tat only Big Crosby had been able to command until then. A few of the hits that followed were "The Hut Sut song," Rum and Coca-Cola," and "Beer Barrel Polka."
Although they never matched their idols, the Boswells, for perfect rhythm and harmony, the andrewses became much more famous and made for more money. Maxine's husband, Lou Levy, was their manager and saw to it that the girls had the best arrangers in the business as well as the first pick of new material. no one did more to swing the sound of the late thirties and forties than these three girls, who with all of their movie appearances, they couldn't complain about the huge fees they collected for the. A few are Argentine Nights in 1940, In the Navy, 1941, follow the boys, 1944. In a number of films they worked with Bing Crosby, as they did on records and on his radio program.